St Isaac’s Cathedral was designed by French architect August de Montferrand and was under construction for 40 years (1811-1851). It is one of the city‘s premier tourist attractions and the fourth tallest cupola construction in the world. The Cathedral is visible from offshore in the Gulf of Finland, but is too massive to fully grasp at close quarters.

With a height of almost 330 feet and an area more than 12,000 square feet, St Isaac’s Cathedral used to be the main Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Russian Empire. However after the revolution of 1917 the place of worship was turned into an anti-religious museum. Even nowadays it is difficult to imagine that all the enormous decoration of the interior of the cathedral, including numerous paintings by almost 30 outstanding Russian artists and splendid mosaics created in the Russian Academy of Fine Arts which is still located in St. Petersburg, were covered with propaganda, which hid them from the visitors of the museum.

Gilded bronze, malachite and lapis lazuli together with countless paintings, columns, mosaics, will take your breath away. The cathedral was extremely lucky to survive the Soviet era and World War II, and now we can enjoy the priceless beauty of probably the most impressive Russian Orthodox Cathedral in the world. Starting from 1990 the cathedral has been used as a functioning church with regular services, the biggest ones taking place during Christmas celebrations (January 7th), Easter and the birthday of St. Petersburg (May 27th). Most of the time the cathedral is open to the public as a museum.

During our St Petersburg tours and shore excursions you will not only experience the opulent beauty of the cathedral but will also learn about the construction procedure, why it took so long to finish the building, how in those days they managed to raise the tremendous columns each made of one piece of granite weighing about 114 tons and how the swampy soil of St Petersburg was reinforced to hold such a massive construction.

Sometimes the cathedral is also used for concerts. Spiritual music by outstanding Russian composers performed by best choirs will leave you speechless. If you enjoy classical music such a concert is absolutely worth attending (please contact us for further information). During the summer season (from May 1st to September 30th) the museum is open until 10:00 p.m., so you can also include it in your evening program if you wish.

Besides the museum you can also visit the colonnade of the cathedral to enjoy a breathtaking view of the Northern Venice (but remember there are 200 steps on the way there and no elevator). We offer you to meet the sunrise there with a glass of champagne in your hand. St Issac’s Cathedral is a fantastic photo stop on a St Petersburg tour or St Petersburg shore excursion.

The Faberge Museumhas the world-class collection of Faberge Masterpieces (including 14 Easter Eggs), gift boxes, Russian enamels etc.The collection is situated in 9 beautiful rooms of Shuvalov Palace. It was opened in November 2013 and was founded by the “Link of Times” Cultural Historical Foundation, established by Russian entrepreneur Viktor Vekselbergto repatriate lost cultural treasures to Russia.

The fourth tallest dome construction in the world. St Isaac’s Cathedral used to be the main Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Russian Empire. The enormous decoration of the interior of the cathedral, was created in the Russian Academy of Fine Arts.Gilded bronze, malachite and lapis lazuli together with countless paintings, columns, mosaics, will take your breath away.

One of the best private palaces in the Europe .Its real gem is a home theater. Outstanding Russian singers and dancers performed there.In this palace young Felix Yusupov, the heir of the family, and other conspirators assassinated Grigory Rasputin.  During a visit to the palace you will learn about the plot of Felix and how it was brought to life.

Peter and Paul Fortress here our city was founded in 1703.Peter the Great started a fortress to protect the lands won back from Sweden. Now it is one of the most important 18th century fortresses in Russia and Europe.St Peter and Paul Cathedral is the burial place of almost all Russian Tsars from Peter the Great up to the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his family.

Many metro station vestibules and platforms are adorned with marble, granite, bas-reliefs and mosaics which makes them look like underground palaces. The very first 10 stations appeared after WWII and have various military and Soviet symbols reminding visitors about the glorious victory over Nazi Germany. Owing to the city’s swampy subsoil, most of the lines were built extremely deep underground.

Peterhof is definitely “a must-see” for any first-time visitor to St Petersburg.It is often called the “Russian Versailles”: it is a real “kingdom of fountains” and true paradise for little children (as well as adults) with amazing cascades, a variety of unique and playful fountains, Grand Peterhof Palace, and other small ones.

Catherine Palace Is a must to visit. Inside you will find a succession of interconnecting rooms in Baroque style and somewhere in the middle of that enfilade is the famous Amber Room which was called by contemporaries “the eighth wonder of the world”. The palace was badly damaged during WWII and amber panels were stolen by the Nazi. But they started restoration in 1979 and finished it in 2003.

St Petersburg Siege Memorialcommemorates the hardship that Leningrad‘s (the soviet name of our city) citizens endured during the siege which lasted 900 days (1941-1943) and took away about 1.5 mln lives. The most striking part of the memorial are the tableaux of soviet citizens facing south towards the enemy. It was designed to be viewed from a distance. In the subterranean memorial hall are relics from the siege.

Offers fresh food from all over the former Soviet Union: melons, tomatoes, farmhouse honey, pickles, sour cream, ham and gherkins, not to mention imports such as kiwi fruit. Most vendors offer the chance to taste a sliver before buying. Outside the market are “babushkas” (pensioners) who sell things they have grown at their dacha (summer cottage) or gathered in the forest.

Hermitage Museum one of the most important and oldest museums in the world. It has one of the largest collections of paintings. If you spent one minute viewing each exhibit of the Museum it would take you11 years to see everything. The collection of the French Impressionists is exhibited in the General staff building which is located opposite the Winter Palace.

Most famous for almost 21,000m² of mosaics that cover both the interior and the façade of the building. The mosaics were created in Russia, which makes them even more valuable. It is the only building in our citybuilt in the style of Moscow churches. The church was built on the place where Alexander II was assassinated, hence the name.

St Petersburg boat tours offer a perfect way to see the city under a bit different angle – sailing under numerous bridges along rivers and canals, and listening to curious stories from your guide. St Petersburg boat tours are especially majestic during the White Nights season in St Petersburg.

Alexander Palace was commissioned by Catherine II for her grandson, future Russian tsar Alexander I and later became the summer home of a succession of Imperial heirs, each of whom left their mark on the building.